Vandoies (Vintl in German) is a picturesque tourist resort in the province of Bolzano, located at the entrance of the Val of Fundres and is part of the touristic Gitschberg Jochtal complex. Due to its nature, the green meadows, picturesque views and lush forests, Vandoies is particularly appreciated by mountaineers and hikers: a dense network of paths, in fact, invites, its visitors, to very scenic areas, such as: the sunny terrace of Val Pusteria, the several mountain shelters, valleys, lakes and glaciers. The most popular destination, reserved for experienced climbers, is the Grand Pier (3510 meters). The proximity to the major ski resorts in the area, finally, will satisfy even the most Winter sports enthusiasts.
The name, attested as early as 994, derives from the Latin "vannitoria" from "vannus" (valley).
Although the area of Vandoies was inhabited since pre-Roman times, the Bavarians were the first people to built a settlement and live here in a stable manner, since the VII century. Vandoies di Sopra belonged to the judicial district of Brunico, while Vandoies di Sotto was ruled by the Bishops of Bressanone. After the annexation of the Tyrol to Bavaria (1805), the court of Vandoies di Sotto submitted the domain of the court of Rodengo, the municipality was officially founded in 1929 from the merger of the old ones of Vandoies, Vanoies di Sopra, Valarga and Fundres .
Sites of Interest:
- the old XIV century Parish Church of St. Urban;
- the new Parish Church, dedicated to the Annunciation, built in Baroque style in 1763;
- the Church of San Martino in Pfunders, which has been known since the late XIV century, and rebuilt in the early XIX century;
- the late Gothic Parish of Vandoies di Sopra (XV century), dedicated to St. Nicholas, embellished with Baroque style decorative elements in 1749. The fresco on the outside wall, depicting St. Christopher dates from the XV century.
- the Church of St. Thomas, in Vallarga, which has been known since the 1188 and was rebuilt in the second half of the XVIII century in the Baroque style.
- the Museum of Loden;
- the Biotype Institute entitled Ilstener Aue.